Police in the northern province of Phu Tho Saturday caught five men red-handed preparing to cook tiger meat to make traditional medicine, online newspaper VnExpress reported.
They raided an empty piece of land in Phu Tho's Viet Tri Town and found the men and around 15 pieces of meat from a 280-kilogram tiger carcass in four pots.
Dang Van Quang, 46, of Hanoi confessed to buying the animal's frozen carcass from wildlife traders in Nghe An Province for VND600 million (US$28,760).
He and the other men had cut it into pieces with a hatchet.
Quang also admitted to often cooking cat and tiger bones for traditional medicine.
The officers found more than 50 kg of animal bones and 14 turtle shells as well as gas cookers.
Quang and the others are being held for further investigations.